Glaucoma Treatment Options
What Is the First Line of Treatment?
Eye drops are the first line of treatment, and most patients respond well to these simple, safe medications.There are many options of eye drops currently available, and your doctor will help coordinate your care to find effective, comfortable, and affordable medications. Some recent data show that laser treatment to the eye’s internal drain, the trabecular meshwork, can be used as first- line treatment. However, this procedure has a limited duration of effect and can only be performed twice per eye.
Most patients won’t require surgery, but there are many surgical options for glaucoma. Some procedures are minimally invasive and carry a very low risk of complications. A general rule of thumb is that the more effective the procedure is at lowering eye pressure, the greater the risk.
Here are some of the surgical options: